NYON, Switzerland: Turkey has given UEFA its hosting plan for the 2024 European Championship, citing “unprecedented state support” to help beat Germany to stage the 24-team tournament.
Turkish soccer federation president Yildirim Demiroren says the latest attempt is “our best bid ever.” Ten stadiums proposed include two in Istanbul.
Turkey bid with Greece for Euro 2008, then alone for the 2012 and 2016 editions.
Before UEFA chose a multi-nation Euro 2020 hosting plan, Turkey was strongly favored before focusing on Istanbul’s failed 2020 Olympic bid.
Turkey has never hosted a major soccer tournament. West Germany hosted the eight-team Euro 1988 and a unified Germany hosted the 2006 World Cup.
The UEFA executive committee will pick a winner on Sept. 27 in Nyon.—AP